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Stone Old Guardian - Bourbon Barrel

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RATINGS: 154   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 338   ABV: 11.26%
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4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
neuromatt (1169) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 17, 2014
2010 and 2011 vintages, 500 mL bottles from the brewery tasted side-by-side with the early 2010 base beer. Pours hazy orange-brown with a small, off-white head that fades to a thin remnant and leaves trace lace. The nose of each has huge bourbon, vanilla and molasses, with more oak, molasses and charred barrel on the elder vintage. Notes of figs and raisins come through as well, with more raisin in the younger. The flavour is moderately sweet with brown sugar, caramel, vanilla, oak and bourbon with a touch of smoke. Herbal hops are delicate and come through mostly on the back side. These develop into a resinous hop-molasses finish with lots of vanilla and bourbon. On the palate, both are medium-full in body with a syrupy texture and soft carbonation. Overall, wow, a truly amazing bourbon twist on a hoppy, sophisticated barley wine. The ’10 is smoother and more refined with more bourbon, while the ’11 retains more of the fruit from the original and has slightly more hops. The ’11 is a bit bolder and retains a bit more of the base’s punch while the ’11 is more of a sipper. Both are amazing. 2014-10-17

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BoBoChamp (5664) - Gent, BELGIUM - OCT 5, 2014
50cl, at 14.9%Vol, as Stone 2014 Series Batch 02 ’Guardian’s Slumber’, new exclusive American brew Anno 2014, thx alot to Secret Santa!, very complex brew, alcoholic/woody/sweet and slightly fruity/bitter, heavy, yet balanced, cloudy, small head, very good brew, WOW!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
slowrunner77 (6029) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 24, 2014
Loved the barrel influences in the brew. Nice wood and vanilla and a hint of pepper. The base was unfortunately a little past it’s prime (2006) or this would have went from great to epic. 11/12 had a bottle, 2010 bourbon - lighter than expected barrel influence ended up being near perfect, letting the original beer and the barrels shine. In 2012, 2006 = 4.3, 2010 = 4.7. Aaaaaaaand the 2014 version is COMPLETELY different than the other bottled release. Like night and day. While I loved the 2010 for being light on the barrel and showing the base more, I love the silkiness and the decadent overbarreling of the 2014 version, called Guardian’s Slumber. If I had to pick one verision, Guardian’s Slumber would be it. 4.6+."

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Scott65 (2) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 31, 2014 does not count
Incredible taste, not too boozy- just the right amount of time in the bourbon barrels. The Stone barley wine was already fantastic, but this edition set the bar even higher.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
baraciisch (1971) - California, USA - AUG 27, 2014
Hazy mahogany brown in color... Aroma of vanilla, bourbon, oak, caramel, sausage... Flavor is bourbon, heavy smoke, caramel, toffee, light toffee and smoke on the finish... Solid ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (12994) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 21, 2014
Draught at Churchkey. Massive presence of bourbon that overshadows everything else in the beer. Like a bourbon aged in beer barrels

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Iphonephan (3534) - McLean, Virginia, USA - JUN 25, 2014
From a 50 cl bottle, Labeled 2014 series, batch 02 Pours a cloudy brown with an off white head. Aroma of toffee, caramel and bourbon Flavors of vanilla and oak. Viscous mouthfeel. Rich, slightly boozy finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AlainG (1323) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 21, 2014
D’un brun rougeâtre, bien opaque, avec un mince col de mousse crémeuse beige. Une présence d’écume au verre. Les arômes sont sucrés, par la cassonade. C’est aussi boisé, herbacé et fruité par les dattes séchées et les raisins secs. Un choc gustatif entre l’alcool et les houblons. Le Bourbon est bien franc et les herbes bien vertes.Des vapeurs d’alcool nous sortent par les narines. Ça frappe et ça surprend alors tout ça est bien satisfaisant. (1096-120614)

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
roxtersoxter (338) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUN 20, 2014
Pours dark golden color on tap. Aroma of caramel and toffee. Taste of caramel, malt, and vanilla. Smooth beer without the typical bite from a barley wine. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
northropfrye (2277) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JUN 14, 2014
Deep reddish brown body with foamy brown head and some lacing. Sweet vanilla malt aroma. Taste is sweet rich cocoa some roast dried fruit booze. Quite nice.


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